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10 Tips for Starting Your Art Collection

Begin Your Contemporary Art Collection

For most people, the idea of collecting original, contemporary art can be a daunting thought. This is because knowing what to buy, when to buy, and establishing the actual value of the artworks you purchase involves a lot of hard work and research. Follow these 10 tips for getting your art collection started.

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4 Tips For Budding Artists

Contemporary Art is an Adventure, Not a Destination

Most people who are able to find their passion in life during the early stages of their upbringing should consider themselves lucky. This is particularly true for those who will eventually adopt contemporary art. This is because, even if you’re able to discover your talent at an early age, you will still have to deal with the issue of doing it on a professional level at one point or another.

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A Brief History of Southwest Style & Decor

Historical Context Behind Southwest Art

New Mexico is largely considered to be the center where Native American and Western cultures meet. This is well illustrated in the city’s architecture, unique style, and vocabulary.

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Animal Portrayal In Contemporary Art

Animals as Part of Contemporary Art Decor

For tens of thousands of years, wild beasts have been a major inspiration source for our creative impulse, and the most ancient cave paintings depicting animals are as old as art itself. Pictures of bison, horses, deer, and other creatures can be found all across the globe, especially in France and Spain – some of these records can be traced back to roughly forty thousand years ago. Back in those days, the representation of animals was much more objective, as they were seen as sources of food and pelts for those severe winters, nothing else. However, as our human processes started to evolve, so did our artistic understandings and perceptions. Animal portrayals gained subjectivity, as they acquired a more symbolic and spiritual status.

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The Purpose Of Your Contemporary Art Collection

 Contemporary Art Collections

For centuries, humanity has developed an acquired taste for stocking rare paintings and other forms of art, as some kind of wealth statement and power display. Even today, art collecting is considered as yet another way of safe investment, since most paintings seldom lose their value over time. However, is this truly the real purpose of art? Can a painting inspire if it’s locked down in a warehouse, deprived of all human interaction?

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Modern Southwest Style And Contemporary Decor

Southwest Wall Art

Similar components around the same theme look great when put together as they create a feeling of cohesion and symmetry. However, it is when combining disparate and – seemingly unrelated – elements, that we can feel a whole set of different emotions – it’s both comforting and refreshing. Need some examples? A few slices of fresh mango into a spicy casserole, smooth and velvety house beats combined with pure and classic jazzy tunes, or maybe a loose and relaxed undercut hairstyle to go with your favorite business suit. A magical journey takes over when fusing all these contrasting ingredients to create new life – and contemporary Southwest decor is another grand example.

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Choosing and Buying Authentic Contemporary American Indian Artist Works

What to Look Out for When Purchasing Contemporary American Indian Art

If you love Native American and southwest art décor, knowing the safest place to buy these items can be tricky. There are scammers out there trying to fraudulently sell Native American art. For example, according to mvtelegraph.com, three men were recently charged for violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA). They tried to import and sell Filipino-made jewelry as Native American art. Luckily there are laws in place that aim to protect the misrepresentation of Native American artwork. Still, with plenty of frauds out there, knowing how to avoid them is key. Continue reading Choosing and Buying Authentic Contemporary American Indian Artist Works